British American Tobacco South Africa offers a choice of opportunities in different functional areas. Here we provide you with an overview of some of the areas that you may wish to consider. If you are already working but looking for a career change, you may find that we offer a fresh solution for you.
Marketing and Distribution
Marketing in the tobacco industry requires skills beyond the demands of other products. The fundamentals of the marketing challenge are the ability to differentiate our marketing initiatives, to manage productive and profitable relationships with our key accounts, to integrate strategies above and below-the-line and to innovate, while always adhering to our International Marketing Standards.
Our ability to manage availability and distribution ensures that consumers are able to purchase the products they require both where and when they want them plays a major part in achieving a high market share.
Our finance managers are part of the decision-making team, a business partner who is consulted and involved day-to-day, not merely reporting results and setting budgets. Having moved beyond the ‘comfort zone’ of purely technical accountants, into added value decision support, we require people who are commercially astute, intellectually curious and passionate about business life, not just figures.
Human Resources has responsibility for energising, developing, retaining and attracting truly talented people all around the world. And with over 50,000 people working for the Group, covering 180 markets throughout the world, you can imagine how challenging, yet fulfilling, a career with us could prove.
Manufacturing is at the heart of our business, so we invest substantially in new technology to ensure that our factories are highly flexible and responsive to the needs of our customers and consumers alike.
Working in manufacturing means constantly having to balance the demands of availability, quality and cost. Our people operate in a high speed environment and under tremendous pressure, so they need the strength of mind to make quick decisions, often basing them on limited information. They also need to be open to innovative solutions that can improve our processes and balance supply and demand while minimising working capital.
Our Leaf department is responsible for procuring the company’s tobacco. Essentially, it’s our job to secure the supply of quality tobaccos to maintain blend consistency and taste for the consumer. Our skills contribute massively to the ongoing success and reputation of our brands as well as to the Group's drive for market leadership.
Achieving this requires more than simply buying an off-the-shelf product. We manage the tobacco supply chain from the seed to the smoke, sourcing the required product from more than 40 countries.
Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
In a world where society's expectations of multinational companies have become increasingly high, many companies recognise that they must earn trust and reputation and cannot take it for granted.
As well as behaving responsibly, they must be seen to be doing so. At British American Tobacco, Corporate & Regulatory Affairs (CORA) helps build recognition for the Group as a responsible company in an industry seen as controversial.
A career in Information Technology will see you contributing to British American Tobacco in a range of innovative ways. A robust Information and Technology infrastructure is a vital component of a dynamic and world class organisation, but our people also have the imagination to create whole new ways of adding value to our business through the application of contemporary technology based solutions.
As a major international player in a controversial industry, British American Tobacco South Africa provides almost unique challenges for its legal counsel.
Our legal counsel provide advice on corporate and finance matters, acquisitions and business development, protection of the company's large number of trade marks and brands, marketing issues and other areas of law and business including advising on social responsibility and stakeholder issues. They provide the legal support and advice that are vital to any dynamic international business and are expected to provide responsive and innovative business-integrated advice on both local and international issues.